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Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Athlete Village

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Athlete Village a Fitting Home for the World’s Best Athletes.

In April 2018, over 6600 of the world’s best athletes and team officials arrived on Queensland’s Gold Coast for the largest integrated sports program in Commonwealth Games history. Held between April 4 and 15 and comprising 18 sports and 7 para-sports, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games were the largest sporting event staged in Australia since the 2000 Olympics.

It was only fitting that such a landmark event be accompanied by landmark architecture. In addition to the vibrant Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, the Games saw the construction of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Athlete Village.

Designed by award-winning Melbourne firm ARM architecture, the Village splashes a palette of blues, greens, yellows, and reds across facades and features a double-helix arbour that winds its way sinuously through the site. The Village mirrors the Games’ focus on excellence and fearlessness, taking a bold, pioneering approach to sustainability and solar design. The project is a pilot project for the Green Star Communities rating tool, and has received a 6-Star rating in addition to six leaves in accordance with the UDIA EnviroDevelopment rating tool.

To breathe life into their vision of a vibrant, cohesive, and high performance community, ARM enlisted the help of Interpon Powder Coatings, the world’s largest manufacturer of powder coatings globally. Living up to their reputation as global leaders in powder coatings technology, Interpon were able to meet the unique demands of the project, which includes durable facades in a range of striking colours and clearly communicates the energy and dynamism associated with the landmark event.

Like the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, the Village makes extensive use of Interpon D2525, a super-durable powder coating range specifically designed for applications where long-term colour retention is critical. Engineered to perform in elevated salinity environments more than 10 metres from salt water, Interpon D2525 is the ideal match for the Gold Coast’s tropical, seaside climate.

The cladding is also well suited to the project’s enhanced durability requirements. From 2019 onwards, the Village will be placed on the rental market as a residential precinct known as ‘Parklands’, and will service the Gold Coast’s growing population and strong property market. As Gareth Connell, Regional Specification Manager at Interpon explained, “The client was after a finish and range of colours that are easy to maintain and are colourfast, even once the games finished. Interpon D2525 fit the specification perfectly.”

The specification of Interpon products ensured faithfulness to ARM’s original colourful design without sacrificing performance. Throughout the months-long design and construction process, ARM availed of Interpon’s strong in-house customisation services, which allowed D2525 to be carefully colour-matched to the architects’ design and the corporate colour palette of the Commonwealth Games. In total, over 30 custom colours of warranty-grade Interpon D2525 were used on the project, with their super durable pigments exceeding the client’s expectations and offering a 25-year film integrity performance and 15-year colour and gloss retention guarantee. “Custom colorisation is the key to unique, landmark projects such as the Village,” said Gareth, “Interpon Powder Coatings Australia is uniquely placed in servicing this requirement. We can manufacture custom powder coat quantities as small as 20kg, which when applied will cover approximately 140 square metres of surface area.”

For more than 30 years, Interpon Powder Coatings has supplied the market with high quality powder coating solutions for architectural projects of all types and scales. The iconic brand is a fitting partner for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Village, which will endure for years to come as a symbol of the Australian sporting spirit and idiosyncratic approach to design. For more information about Interpon powder coating and to learn how it can enhance your next project, contact Interpon Powder Coatings via the links below.

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